The Windsport Catparts Traveller Series for 2011 was concluded in superb weather at Grafham with our biggest attendance (37) of the summer. It has been one of our best attended summer series ever with an average attendance of over 27 competitors per event. The series was won by events secretary, Erling Holmberg, who beat the second place man, Jon Finch by a sizable margin. Erling put his triumph down to 2 things. The first was walking the dog 12 miles a day which helped him loose so much weight that he did not qualify for the heavyweight trophy (which he has often won) at the Nationals. The second factor was that he attended all our events – so there you have it. If you want to win you must walk the dog and attend all our events - of course it helps too if you are a useful sailor! Well done to Erling for running such a well attended and enjoyable series and for winning it, too…….
The series kicked off at Marconi were 9 travellers joined 10 locals on a sunny weekend of light breezes. The locals were all conquering with Kevin Kirby winning from David Ball and Jenny Ball. Kevin Kirby also won the long distance event – the ever popular figure of eight course round Northey and Osea Islands.
The second event was the Southern Nationals which was held at Shanklin with 13 locals and 14 visitors. The Saturday was a pleasant sailing day but Sunday was ‘animal’ with huge gusts. Just one race was run on Sunday and only 7 finished. Robin Leather sailing wife, Boos, boat showed that he can still sail a Sprint 15 well by wrapping up the results on Saturday in Sport mode. Runner up was Sean McKenna.
Seasalter was the third event of the series and the forecast of heavy rain and wind possibly put off a few but 18 travellers joined 7 locals for some fun sailing. National Champion, Kevin Dutch, showed his pace by winning from Erling Holmberg.
The Northern Championships were held at Carsington in September and 21 traveller joined 7 locals for some keen competition in the Derbyshire hills. The water as a bit low and the windward leeward course on the Sunday combined with some tricky gusts caught some of the punters unaware but Stuart Snell showed that he still has the touch by beating local hot shot Robin Newbold into second place.
The Inland Championships were held on a warm and sunny weekend in October at Grafham. The south wind held up all weekend and 37 entries (including 27 travellers) enjoyed some tight racing in perfect conditions. Mark Aldridge narrowly beat Stuart Snell on count-back and Steve Sawford had to settle for third place.
So Erling Holmberg won the Traveller series and the standard mode trophy from Jon Finch while George Stephen won the Sport mode trophy from Robert England.
We now look forward to the ever popular winter series of one day races which kicks off on 5 November at Stewartby.
Final Results Summary:
Overall TT Series Top 5 Places: 1st Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club) 14 Pts , 2nd Jon Finch (Stewartby Water Sports Club) 28 Pts, 3rd Robert England (RYA) 31 Pts, 4th Robert Finch (Stewartby Water Sports Club) 33 Pts, 5th George Stephen (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 34 Pts
Una and Two-Up Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club) 12 Pts, 2nd Jon Finch (Stewartby Water Sports Club) 25 Pts, 3rd Robert Finch (Stewartby Water Sports Club) 30 Pts
Sport Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st George Stephen (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 5 Pts, 2nd Robert England (RYA) 6 Pts, 3rd George Love (Carsington Sailing Club) 23 Pts
Southern Champion: Robin Leather (Gurnard Sailing Club)
Northern Champion: Stuart Snell (Grafham Water Sailing Club)
Inland Champion: Mark Aldridge (Grafham Water Sailing Club)
Full Series Results are available here
Total Number of Individual Competitors who attended at least one event: 88